Must See Sites in Tokyo

Tokyo is a huge city and there are so many things to see and do, but there are a few things that you must do to get the full feel of the Japanese culture.

Tsukiji Market, the largest fish market in the world, the handling over 2,000 tons of fish per day.  Ships arrive by 5:30 a.m. to get fish out to feed the massive amount of people that live in Tokyo. Unfortunately, due to the large number of tourists, the exciting tuna auctions are closed to the public, except for a small viewing area open from 5 to 6:15 a.m. The outer market is always open to visitors and there are several restaurants offering fresh seafood.

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The Tokyo National Museum, Japan’s oldest and most expansive museum, hosts the largest collection of Japanese art and artifacts in the world. Comprised of 6 buildings, housing samurai armor, ornate swords, delicate pottery, decorated tombs, kimonos, calligraphy, paintings, and much more. Tracking the history of the Japanese people as well as pieces from all across the Asia in the Asian Gallery.

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National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, also known as the Miraikan, shows the intellectual and entrepreneurial spirit of Tokyo’s people. This high-tech museum has interesting interactive exhibits showcasing engineering discoveries such as robotics, space exploration, genome and medical advances and it’s all bilingual. Kids will enjoy the exhibits, they can touch, climb on and play on them.

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Edo-Tokyo Museum recreates the history of the city with giant models of important events and monuments. Walk through Tokyo’s humble beginnings or skyscrapers or through the devastation of WWII and into the modern day city. The intricate detail of the exhibits is extraordinary and make them seem almost real.

Akihabara is Tokyo’s electronics district and has gadgets of all kinds Booths on side streets and giant department stores have the latest technology which will probably put your equipment to shame. However, prices are high, sometimes much higher than those in the U.S. but you should visit even if you aren’t in the market for a new gadget.

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